KIA Motors may have one of the world's most popular fighters as coach, but Glen Capacio insisted the Sorento are not looking to pick a fight.
Capacio said the Sorento are not 'dirty players' as he went on the defensive after a 79-84 loss to GlobalPort on Tuesday in a PBA Philippine Cup match that was marred by a couple of dust-ups on the floor.
KIA’s rugged forward Chad Alonzo and rookie Anthony Semerad scuffled on the floor in the first quarter while Sorento big man Reil Cervantes and the Batang Pier’s Jewel Ponferrada clashed early in the fourth period.
“Di naman physical at wala namang dirty player sa amin, but it’s more on body check lang kasi yun lagi pina-practice namin,” Capacio told Spin.ph after KIA's third straight defeat of the season.
Alonzo was caught on television replays elbowing Semerad several times on the head and face while the two jockeyed for position late in the first quarter.
Ponferrada, on the other hand, was hit by Cervantes as he tried to protect the ball near the endline.
All four players were assessed with a technical foul each.
Capacio said physicality has always been part of the PBA game and he hopes game officials will give shorter teams like the Sorento more leeway to play more agressively during games.
“Nandiyan na naman ang physicality. Sabi ko nga, di kami pinalalaro ng ganun, eh yun ang style namin,” explained Capacio, a noted defensive player during his prime.
“Iyung last two games namin, medyo manipis ang tawagan, pero ngayon, hinayaan kaming maglaro ng ganun, kaya happy ako. Sana ganun lang, at ganun dapat (ang tawagan).”
KIA hopes to break its three-game slump when it collides with Talk ‘N Text on Friday.